Photos: BECCA@10 CONCERT

The much anticipated 10 years anniversary concert for Singer Rebecca Acheapong popularly known as Becca successfully happened at the National Theater on Saturday, October 21.

The event which had tall list of A-list Ghanaian and Nigerian musicians perform was honored by great personalities like Nana Konadu Agyemang, Kojo Antwi, Nana Adwoa Awindor, Iyiola Ayoade, Group CEO of Multiple Concepts Group and Charterhouse, Stacy Amoateng, Roselyn Ngissah, Toosweet Annan, Elikem Kumodzie and many others.

Becca’s parents were also present their daughter on her big day. Her father Mr. Acheampong and his wife who is Becca’s stepmother sat through the show to watch their daughter and her friends entertain the audience.

The “Forever” Singer’s biological mother, Julie Yiadom-Oti, joined her daughter on stage with a gift to climax the event. The songstress wore five different outfits before the decade commemoration concert ended on Sunday, October 22 2017

Artistes who helped to celebrate Becca at the concert included Bisa Kdei, MzVee, Kidi, Kuami Eugene, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale and Shatta Michy, Kwabena Kwabena, VVIP, Joyce Blessing, M.I Abaga, Wizkid, Patoranking, Wande Coal, Mr. Eazi, Ice Prince and many others.

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MY DAUGHTER CHANGED ME- Sarkodie Reveals

Award winning Rapper Sarkodie has revealed that his daughter has affected every part of his life positively including his music.

The BET Award winning Rapper who was explaining the inspiration behind his much anticipated ‘Highest’ album at an exclusive album listening session in Accra on Friday August 18, 2017, said his daughter Titi is his biggest inspiration for the album.

“The little one she actually played a major role in the album. She changed the world storyline and changed my mindset. I am now a bit sensitive with the things I say”.

Little Titi’s influence on her father is evident in some songs on the album and even on the official album cover arts.

The ‘Highest’ album is set to unleash his latest offering of stellar African influenced hip-hop sounds to the world, Sarkodie announced the album at an exclusive listening event at the plush ElectroLand Showroom in Accra, Ghana where he also treated his fans to screenings of cinematic visuals for 6 tracks from the project.

At the Listening/Screening event, Sarkodie described “Highest” as his most challenging project yet. He also stated that it is a celebration of his achievements. From that kid on the streets of Tema to selling out venues across the Globe. King Sark is ready to take his brand of fearless and contagious hip-hop hits to even higher heights.

Scheduled for release on September 8th 2017, ‘Highest’ is a collection of 15 brand new songs, 3 interludes and a bonus track. 19 tracks in total as displayed on the official album track-list. An incredible collection of solid Hip-Hop and Afro-Beats cuts that are set to push him even further into the international stratosphere.

Highest features some major local and International acts such as his long-time friend and Producer Jayso, UK’s very own Big Narstie, Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Moelogo (UK), renowned Spoken Word artist Suli Breaks (UK), Korede Bello (Nigeria), Praiz (Nigeria), Yung L (Nigeria), Joey B (Ghana), Jesse Jagz (Nigeria), Flavour (Nigeria) and Bobii Lewis (UK).

Named as one of the biggest Hip-Hop acts on the African continent by The Guardian and with four hugely popular and acclaimed studio albums to his name, the Ghanaian hip-hop artist and winner of the Best International Act: Africa at the 2012 BET Awards Sarkodie has announced the release of his highly anticipated fourth studio album ‘Highest’.

The “Highest” album will be marketed and distributed by Sarkcess Music in partnership with Dice Recordings, a UK based Record Label.

Source: NKONKONSA.com 

SARKODIE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM – “HIGHEST”

Named as one of the biggest Hip-Hop acts on the African continent by The Guardian and with four hugely popular and acclaimed studio albums to his name, the Ghanaian hip-hop artist and winner of the Best International Act: Africa at the 2012 BET Awards Sarkodie has announced the release of his highly anticipated fourth studio album ‘Highest’.

Scheduled for release on September 8th 2017, ‘Highest’ is a collection of 15 brand new songs, 3 interludes and a bonus track. 19 tracks in total as displayed on the official album track-list. An incredible collection of solid Hip-Hop and Afro-Beats cuts that are set to push him even further into the international stratosphere.

Highest features some major local and International acts such as his long-time friend and Producer Jayso, UK’s very own Big Narstie, Victoria Kimani (Kenya), Moelogo (UK), renowned Spoken Word artist Suli Breaks (UK), Korede Bello (Nigeria), Praiz (Nigeria), Yung L (Nigeria), Joey B (Ghana), Jesse Jagz (Nigeria), Flavour (Nigeria) and Bobii Lewis (UK).

Set to unleash his latest offering of stellar African influenced hip-hop sounds to the world, Sarkodie announced the album at an exclusive listening event at the plush ElectroLand Showroom in Accra, Ghana where he also treated his fans to screenings of cinematic visuals for 6 tracks from the project.

At the Listening/Screening event, Sarkodie described “Highest” as his most challenging project yet. He also stated that it is a celebration of his achievements. From that kid on the streets of Tema to selling out venues across the Globe. King Sark is ready to take his brand of fearless and contagious hip-hop hits to even higher heights.

The “Highest” album will be marketed and distributed by Sarkcess Music in partnership with Dice Recordings, a UK based Record Label.

New Music Video: “JENNIFER LOMOTEY” BY KURL SONGX FT. SARKODIE

Official video of Kurl Songx’s controversial hit single “Jennifer Lomotey” ft. Sarkodie is finally out.

The video was directed Justin Campos for Gorrila Films and song produced by Kaywa for Highly Spiritual Music / Steaman Entertainment Inc.

Interestingly, the controversial line in Sarkodie’s Rap which got Krobos angry, has still not been edited out.

Watch the full video below:

KROBOS DEMAND GH¢2MILLION FROM SARKODIE

The brouhaha between Rapper Sarkodie and citizens of Krobo over an alleged derogatory line in a song titled “Jennifer Lomotey”, has taken a new twist.

Kloma Hengme, a Krobo youth group has served Kurl Songx, owner of the ‘Jennifer Lomotey’ banger a letter for using denigrating words against Krobo women in the song.

The letter signed by their lawyer Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua (Dr) Solicitor and Barrister-at-Law, was presented to David Kojo Kyei aka Kaywa, the manager of the artiste on Wednesday, 14th June, 2017.

This comes few days after they had released a press statement asking the owners of the song to edit out the derogatory phrase against Krobo women and apologise.

In the song that features rap ‘King’ Sarkodie, he raps: “Krobo nii baa papa a ahwenie da ne sisi. Okomfo Anokye de adwaman no abor ne dua.”

This literally translates as “A good Krobo lady with beads around her waist. Okomfo Anokye has cursed her with promiscuity.”

Okomfo Anokye is great priest of the Ashanti Kingdom who is believed to have cursed Krobo women with promiscuity.

‘History’ has it that some Krobo girls were cursed by Okomfo Anokye with promiscuity because they had seen his nakedness when he was bathing by the riverside.

In the letter, Kloma Hengme makes these demands:

Issue an immediate order to the relevant media houses asking them to halt playing the “Jennifer Lomotey” song on their airwaves;

Expunge or cause to be expunged the portion of the lyrics which my clients find offensive and defamatory or completely ban the use of that song from the airwaves;

Expunge or cause to be expunged all audio and video clips of the song which are found on various social media platforms that are registered in your name;

Write an unreserved apology to the Chiefs and people of the Krobo Traditional Area, including a statement to the effect that such an offensive act will not be repeated against the Krobo people;

Make a statement to the general public advising them to desist from transferring or sharing the song which contains the offensive lyrics with anybody else; and,

For denting the image of the Krobo people and dragging their hard earned reputation in the mud, pay a compensation of two million Ghana cedis (GHS2,000,000) to the Krobo people.

They added that failure for the owners of the song to respond to these demands WITHIN A WEEK of receipt of this letter will result in legal action being taken against them without further notice.

Attempts to get Kaywa to speak to the issue proved abortive.

Read the full letter below:

Source: Citifmonline.com

SARKODIE RANKED AS THE ONLY GHANAIAN IN FORBES AFRICA TOP 10 RICHEST MUSICIANS

Forbes Africa has in the May 2017 Edition of its magazine ranked multi-award winning Ghanaian Rapper and CEO of SarkCess Music, Michael Owusu Addo also known as Sarkodie 9th and the only Ghanaian artist on its list of top 10 artists on the African continent.

Sarkodie joins a list of other powerful African artists including Akon (Senegalese-American), Wizkid (Nigerian), Davido (Nigerian), Black Coffee from South Africa, Don Jazzy (Nigeria), Oliver Mtukudzi, (Zimbabwean), Jidenna (Nigerian-American), Hugh Masakela (South African) and Tinashe (Zimbabwe – American).

For publishing rights reasons, Ghana’s Hub for Pop Culture & Urban Entertainment News – www.nydjlive.com is able to share only a few information on the artists as shared by Forbes but for Sarkodie.

Read what was said of the top 10 musicians from Africa by Forbes Africa.

1. AKON With over 35 million albums sold worldwide, numerous awards, five Grammy Award nominations, 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt and over 51 million likes on his Facebook page, Akon.

2. BLACK COFFEE, SOUTH AFRICA Black Coffee, real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo, has not only raised the bar for South African house music, but has put it on the world map. The multi-award-winning artist was born in South Africa’s house music province, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), raised in the Eastern Cape province, where struggle stalwart Nelson Mandela hailed from, before moving back to KZN to study music. It was worth it.

3. HUGH MASEKELA, SOUTH AFRICA Born in Witbank, east of Johannesburg, Hugh Masekela is committed to restoring African heritage. This world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer and singer has released more than 43 albums and performed with Marvin Gaye, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Miriam Makeba. “The music I make, I don’t call it my music. It is based on my township and indigenous rural roots in South Africa. That’s what brought me fame all over the world,” he says.

4. DON JAZZY, NIGERIA Like many artists, Don Jazzy, real name Michael Collins Ajereh, started playing music as a child in church before moving to the UK to pursue his career.

5. TINASHE, ZIMBABWE-AMERICAN Twenty-four-year-old Tinashe Kachingwe sang before she could talk. Her Zimbabwean father Michael, and mother Aimie, from Denmark, have always helped. Tinashe was a child model by the age of three, made her first appearance in 2000 in the film Cora Unashamed and her voice starred in the cartoon feature film The Polar Express alongside Oscar winning actor, Tom Hanks.

6. JIDENNA, NIGERIAN-AMERICAN By the age of 10, Jidenna Theodore Mobisson knew he wanted to do music but was afraid to tell his father who wanted him to be an engineer. It was just as well that his name means embracing the father.

7. WIZKID, NIGERIA Wizkid is arguably currently the uncrowned king of African music. Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz, danced to his songs Ojuelegba and Caro, with Keys posting a video on her Instagram account with the caption, “This song makes me happy” and Kylie Jenner posted a video of herself dancing to Wizkid’s music on snapchat.

8. DAVIDO, NIGERIA Davido has claimed a high status in just five years. The single Back When planted him firmly in the music business in 2011. “It was people like [Nigerian music veterans] P-Square and D’Banj who made me believe that all this was possible,” he recalls. Dami Duro, an unexpected hit, leaked online almost a year prior to its official release, became the crown jewel for his widely acclaimed 2012 debut album, Omo Baba Olowo.

9. SARKODIE, GHANA Born Michael Owusu Addo, Sarkodie has racked up millions of views on YouTube for his music with his debut album and first single, Baby, among the favorites.

He started out as an underground rapper which helped him cross paths with his former manager, Duncan Williams, who helped launch his career. Staying true to his identity, he is a big advocate of Azonto, a Ghanaian genre that is said to have been born out of Kpanlogo, a traditional dance.

Mewu, the first single off his fourth album, Mary, sold almost 4,000 copies on the first day of its release in Ghana’s capital Accra. His hard work does not go unnoticed. Sarkodie was the first Ghanaian to win a BET award and has the most nominations.

In 2015, he was ranked the 19th “Most Influential Ghanaian” by e-TV Ghana and in 2013 and 2015, he was ranked 8th on FORBES and Channel O’s list, “Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artists.”

His ambitions don’t end here. In 2013, he launched his clothing line Sark by Yas, launched Obidi Chief Headphones which endorses, among others, Samsung and telecommunications company, Tigo.

In 2014, he also launched the music label SarkCess to empower other African artists. 2017 promises to be an even more exciting year for Sarkodie.

10. OLIVER MTUKUDZI, ZIMBABWE Oliver (Tuku) Mtukudzi has 65 albums under his belt — more than Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. It’s a remarkable career stretching back 41 years with songs that have enlivened parties all over the world. “I never decided to be in the music industry. It was in me. My mother said ‘you are a good singer but you will never surpass your birth cry. Your birth cry was so beautiful’,” says Mtukudzi.

SHATTA WALE, SARKODIE, TEKNO, DAVIDO HEADLINE 2017 GHANA MEETS NAIJA

Ghanaian acts, Shatta Wale, Sarkodie and Nigerian Acts Tekno and Davido will headline this year’s edition of Ghana Meets Naija.

Chief Executive Officer of EIB Network, and founder of Empire Entertainment, Bola Ray, organizers of the show disclosed this in an interview on Live FM.

“Alright so let me give Live FM an exclusive, Davido is coming through,
confirmed and signed. Davido is on for Ghana Meets Naija. Sark is making a return, we have Shatta (Wale) as well…they should also look out for Tekno.”

The annual music concert sees Ghanaian acts pitched against their Nigerian counterparts to determine who has the upper hand in the music industry on the continent.

This year’s edition will be held on May 27 at a yet to be named venue.

SARKODIE TO MARRY SOON!

Ghana’s number one rapper / musician Michael Owusu Addo popular known as Sarkodie has disclosed that preparations are far advanced for him to get married to his longtime girlfriend Tracy Ewuraama Addo.

Sarkodie sought to Dan Kwasi Prince of Dailyviewgh.com on the Hello Ghana Entertainment show that things are moving on well for him and that sooner his numerous fans and the world will hear the wedding bells.

“They say behind every successful man comes a successful woman and I’m now at the point of my life when I’m ready to get married, and that is what I am looking for in a relationship because I feel the desire to settle down”

Sarkodie and Tracy are two amazing personalities who have proven without doubts that love is not about money or status. It’s just beautiful how they have been in love from the times they had nothing till present.

They have really been an inspiration to most young people in Ghana. Sarkodie in a new song which he titles Just In Case, a tune specially recorded for his wife Tracy, has revealed how they met and how much he loves her.

Tracy couldn’t hide her joy when Sarkodie posted the audio slide of the song on Twitter. The couple are parents to Adalyn Owusu Addo fondly called Titi, who was born on March 28 2016.

Photos: CELEBRITIES HIT THE RUNWAY AT RHYTHMS ON THE RUNWAY 2017

Several celebrities hit the runway at ‘Rhythms On The Runway’ 2017 fashion show over the weekend.

The well produced event which gave a nice blend of music and fashion took place at the Banquet Hall, State House on Saturday April 1, 2017.

Some of the celebrities who graced the runway includes Rapper Kwaw Kese, Actor Harold Amenyah, TV/Radio Host Akumaa Mama Zimbi, Radio Presenter Lexis Bill, TV Presenter Benny Blanco, P.Y. Addo Boateng, Actor James Gardiner, Musician Coded, TV Presenter Anita Akuffo among others.

The event hosted by Nathanial Attoh and Vimbai Mutinhiri from Zimbabwe, was put together by Fashion Designer/Broadcaster – Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD).

The night witnessed unforgettable musical performances from Sarkodie, Wutah Kobby, M.anifest, Bisa Kdei and Akwaboah.

Best African fashion was showcased on the runway from well respected designers including Ophelia Crossland, Abrantie The Gentleman, Velma’s Accessories, Bon Collections, NINETEEN57 BY KOD, South Africa’s Palse, as well New York – based Kenyan Designer Narok.

‘Rhythms On The Runway’ was part of the activities to mark the year long Ghana at 60 Independence anniversary. See more photos below:

Source: NKONKONSA.com

“I HAVE NINE PIERCINGS AND A LOT OF TATTOOS”- Ebony Reveals

She loves to show a lot of skin and many have suggested it is her way of getting attention to herself and her music but Dancehall musician, Ebony says they are far from the truth.

This is because she has been wearing skimpy or revealing clothes way before she entered into music.

Thus everything you see is a true representation of who she is because she does not fake her identity. Yes, she is a bad girl and she is proud to be one

“The bad girl brand people see out there is a true representation of me. This is how I have been even before coming into the limelight” she told Showbiz in an interview on Monday.

“I don’t pretend to be who I am not. I am a very bad girl and there is nothing anyone can do about it. And I am proud to say it. I have nine piercings and a lot of tattoos all over my body and this is how I want to live my life,” she said.

According to Ebony, no one can tell her what to do so far as she knows she is doing the right thing and anyone who wants to love her can do so by supporting whatever she does.

“Love me for who I am because the whole Ebony brand comes with the package. How I dress, my tattoos, my hair and my colour comes with the Ebony brand and I want Ghanaians to accept that” the Poison hitmaker said.

Reacting to a situation at the passport office recently where she was asked to leave the premises because of indecent dressing, Ebony who described the situation as unfortunate said she was disappointed at the whole issue because there is no dress code at the passport office.

“I chose not to talk about it but I was very angry because there were ladies there with more revealing outfits but they were not asked to leave.” said Ebony who has three nominations in this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

Asked if revealing too much flesh does not draw unnecessary attention from the opposite sex, Ebony said the pressure is sometimes unbearable but it she knows how to handle such situations because men will always be men.

Real name Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng, Ebony who is known for songs like Dancefloor, Turn On the Light and Kupe said she has plans to collaborate with Sarkodie, Shatta Wale among others.

About her chances at this year’s VGMA, Ebony who was nominated for Best New Artiste of the Year, Reggae/ Dancehall Artiste of the Year and Best Reggae/ Dancehall Song of the Year said she knows she is going home with at least two awards.

She also expressed her gratitude to her management team Rufftown Records for spotting the talent in her. “My management team is made up of wonderful people, they make sure I get all the shows and promote my songs” she said.

Watch Ebony’s “Poison” below:
Source: Graphic Showbiz